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      By Anne Summers Illustration by John Shakespeare In 1996 Paul Keating went into the federal election with 45 per cent of voters preferring him as prime minister over the 40 per cent who preferred opposition leader John Howard. Yet Howard won the election convincingly. The election result in 1996 was strikingly similar to last week’s Newspoll that gave the … Read More

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      By Anne Summers Illustration by John Shakespeare There’s a new addition to the line-up of key Australian icons such as Phar Lap’s heart and Ned Kelly’s death mask: Tony Abbott’s ego. Seldom has the country seen the likes of this former prime minister’s stunning display of bravura chutzpah. Bob Hawke and Kevin Rudd, both potential contenders for the prize … Read More

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    Anyone who thinks of me as a tough-minded sort of person might be surprised to learn that as I strip down my possessions in preparation for a move to New York, the pieces I’m finding hardest to part with are my wedding dress, and a silk dress and a smocked woollen coat I wore as a one-year-old. Obviously I am … Read More

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          2020 Vision Why we need New Century Reconstruction   The 2017 Kenneth Myer Lecture by Anne Summers AO Ph.d National Library of Australia 10 August 2017 Brain Centre, University of Melbourne 13 September 2017     Dr Marie-Louise Ayers, Friends of the National Library and other distinguished guests Men and Women of Canberra   Thank you for … Read More

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    by Anne Summers Photograph: Louise Kennerley Why does the state government hate the Powerhouse Museum? Why is it so set upon spending millions, possibly billions, of dollars better used elsewhere (on addressing homelessness for instance) on a senseless relocation of a much-loved and unique institution from its current iconic site? Why is it willing to spend $240 million to allow … Read More

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      By Anne Summers It might have been the Bastille Day military parade that lured US President Donald Trump back to Europe a mere six days after his ego-deflating experience at the G20 in Hamburg, but it was something else that made the visit a diplomatic triumph for his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron. The media called it a charm offensive, … Read More

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      By Anne Summers Illustration: Jim Pavlidis Some years ago, I declined to provide a reference for a well-known public figure who was being nominated for an Order of Australia. I had not been a referee for this woman’s initial nomination, but the office at Government House in Canberra that administers the awards had sought my views as to her … Read More

  • Oculus mall

    By Anne Summers Photographs AP At 3.15pm last Sunday I was standing in a slow-moving line at the Gelateria at Eataly, on the third floor of the World Trade Centre 4 in lower Manhattan, when I saw a supervisor move towards the women dispensing the ice-creams. He spoke quietly but we could hear his words: “We need to evacuate the … Read More

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    by Anne Summers Photo: AP US President Donald Trump’s tweets have been described as grenades. Now, in terms of their potential to cause severe and lasting damage, they are more like nuclear warheads. Just in the past week, Trump has made remarks that undermine, if they don’t actually sabotage, his own appeal to the US Supreme Court on his immigration … Read More

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    by Anne Summers Photo: Getty Images   It’s grim to have to say this but the facts seem inexorably to lead to the conclusion that the Manchester bombing was a hate crime against women. Especially against women and girls who want to assert their independence and their freedom, who will submit to no one and who want to shape their … Read More